TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society


Welcome to the website of the

Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)

Patron: Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey


Hon. President: Dr. Chris Burgess

The Society's core aim is

"To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".

A Family Life Revealed; the Stuarts of Traquair

A Talk via zoom by Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair and archivist Margaret Fox.

3rd March at 7.30

Catherine and her archivist, Margaret, will lead you on a journey through the fortunes of the Stuarts of Traquair from 1491 to 1875, giving you an insight into their often turbulent lives and demonstrating how both their political and religious allegiances didn't always work to their advantage - with some lighter moments thrown in!

Do you have any old photographs of TillVAS activities?


We have not had the opportunity to meet or take part in activities during 2020 and this means we have had no photographs or stories about events. It might be interesting in this tenth year of TillVAS to look back over the years to digs, walks, talks etc and remind ourselves of what will hopefully be back in place in 2021. Please send any photos you think may be of interest - serious and not so serious, and I will try to include as many as possible in the gallery.




Dear TillVAS members and friends


We would like to thank all of you for your continued support over the past few months. We are especially grateful to those of you who have decided to renew your membership.


We are still working hard behind the scenes to find ways of offering talks and other events in the not too distant future - please have a look at the newsletter for more information


We will continue to keep in touch with you by the monthly newsletter, the website, facebook, twitter or as otherwise appropriate until we are able to resume TillVAS activities.


Meanwhile look after yourselves in these uncertain and challenging times


Kind regards


The TillVAS Committee.




We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.

Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge


The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.


The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      


All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.

TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.

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Upcoming Webinars

in date order


Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30 pm Webinar via Zoom

Catherine Maxwell Stuart 21st Lady of Traquair


Margaret Fox

“A Family Life Revealed: the Stuarts of Traquair”.


Northumberland Archives 

Thursday 25th February at 7 pm via Zoom Hester Grant: “The Good Sharps: the Brothers and Sisters who Remade Their World”.

Thursday 11th March at 7.00pm via Zoom Jo March, Senior Archivist, Woodhorn: “Hidden Histories: Tapping the Archives for Stories of Black Presence”.


Border Archaeological Society

Monday 1st March at 7.30 pm via Zoom Sophie Moore, Newcastle University: “Relics in narrative of bodily integrity in Byzantine Christianity”.




The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Julia Day.

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.


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